The push for same-sex marriage has the support of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN).

Chief executive officer of Western Victoria PHN Dr Leanne Beagley, with the backing of the board, released a statement championing marriage equality.

“Western Victoria Primary Health Network has the established values of ‘respect, connect and lead’,” Dr Beagley said.

“As part of these values, Western Victoria PHN holds equity for all people at its core.

“Western Victoria PHN considers that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Western Victoria PHN also recognises that discrimination can result in significant health issues, especially impacting on mental health, and supports moves to eliminate it in all forms.

“If you or someone you know is distressed contact can be made with Lifeline on 131114. If you know someone who is being victimised because of their sexuality, we urge you to contact Victoria police.

“The police have issued a statement indicating that they will provide support and assistance to the LGBTI community through appointed Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers.”

The PHN is a federal and state government funded body that has been operating since July 2015.

It is a not-for-profit organisation that has the aim of raising the efficiency and effectiveness of health services through support and service of the industry.

Western Victoria PHN has an office at Bayside Plaza in Warrnambool.